Why We All Need to Stop Washing Our Face in the Shower & What to Do Instead
It was several years ago that a trusted friend revealed why she doesn’t wash her face daily.
I was thrown off by the idea at the time but decided to incorporate it nonetheless, and have been incredibly happy with the results ever since. I’ve found myself to be far less prone to random pimples, and the oiliness I feared would glisten on my forehead and nose has never made an appearance. On average I now wash my face twice per week, and thanks in large part to the convenience of it, both of those washes happen in the shower. However, after reading an interview Dr. Elizabeth Tanzi had with The Gloss, it seems as though I will once again be changing my face washing regime. Co-director of the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Dr. Tanzi told the publication that washing your face in the shower is not an ideal way to treat the delicate skin on your face: “I recommend my patients wash their faces at the sink” because you can gauge the water temperature more effectively, and “you should use lukewarm or cold water to wash your face.” This is because the skin on our face is far more sensitive to water temperature than the skin on other parts of our body. Given that most of us enjoy the warmth of a hot shower, we often expose our faces to temperatures too hot for our face. Meanwhile, when we take the time to wash our face in isolation over the sink, we will often naturally choose a more moderate temperature. We can then splash cold water on it afterwards to close our pores; warm water opens our pores, making it ideal for cleaning, but leaving them open afterward makes it easier for new dirt to get in. To avoid washing the skin on your face while still being able to take hot showers, you’ll simply have to tilt your head back a little to keep it off your face.
The other option is to sacrifice the warmth and begin taking cold showers, something that several members of the Collective Evolution team have been experimenting with over the past year. (FIND OUT MORE) To further amp up your cleansing regimen, I also suggest incorporating apple cider vinegar. I personally use a mixture of 5 parts water to 1 part apple cider vinegar, which I apply to my face once a week (on one of the days I wash my face) with a cotton pad.
The apple cider vinegar not only defends against unwanted pimples, but also helps to balance your skin’s pH level. For more information on the benefits of washing your face with apple cider vinegar, click HERE. I’ve also found that the soap you choose to use when you do wash your face is critical to the overall health of your skin. Most commercial soaps are full of unwanted chemicals and additives that do a lot more than simply clean our skin.
The specific soap that I have grown to trust and love is Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Liquid Soap. This incredible soap is one of the most recognizable organic options on the market and is free of all of the chemicals that are usually so difficult to avoid in personal care products. I use this soap on my entire body and know dozens of others who do as well, all of whom are incredibly happy with it. To learn more about Dr. Bronner and this healthy soap, I encourage you to check out this article. .
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